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Why Choose Flourishing Life Psychology?

At Flourishing Life Psychology, we realise that it is important to find a psychologist that you ‘click’ with and with whom you feel you can address your concerns and issues. All psychologists have their own individual approaches, personality, backgrounds and years of experience. Research states that the foundation of successful therapy is based on the relationship between the psychologist and the client. Flourishing Life Psychology is dedicated in providing the most up-to-date evidence-based therapies and support for children, adolescents, adults, families and couples ensuring all individuals receive the best service resulting in improved mental health and well-being for all.

Our aim is to provide a warm, professional, caring, safe and family friendly environment uniquely tailored to each individual clients’ needs and life circumstances. Our professionally trained team with extensive knowledge and experience are dedicated to providing comprehensive assessments and interventions for individuals of all ages.

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Background and Experience of our Psychologists

Principal and Registered Psychologist

Alena Piccolruaz

Director, Clinical Supervisor and Principal Psychologist 

Flourishing Life Psychology & Neurotherapy Services

Alena holds a Masters of Professional Psychology, Bachelor of Social Science Psychology (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Psychology and Counselling and is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Alena is also a registered Board approved Clinical Supervisor.

Alena’s background in psychology includes working with children, adolescents, adults, women’s issues such as pregnancy/post-pregnancy in addition to couples, family therapy and more recently trained in Neurotherapy/brain training. 

Alena prides herself on bringing a wealth of life experience to the practice that incorporates having worked with children, parents and teachers as a School Counsellor/Psychologist and in private practice across the life span in Sydney and the Mid North Coast. Alena also understands first-hand how difficult the role of parent can be at times, having parented four children of her own. Alena has also held roles in the corporate sector in addition to having experience in supporting children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), ODD, OCD and intellectual and physical disabilities.

Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, suicidal thinking, self-harm, grief and loss, work related issues, relationship matters, family mediation and the teaching of parenting skills. Key evidence based therapies used and tailored to your therapeutic needs are: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Person Centred Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Schema Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapies, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Sandplay Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) for trauma and has more recently trained in Neurofeedback. We now offer Neurofeedback sessions to our clients as well. Neurofeedback is a non-invasive technique that uses real-time monitoring of brain activity to train individuals to self-regulate their brain waves for improved cognitive functioning and well-being. Can be used to improve symptoms of ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and improve emotional regulation.

Alena is a caring and committed professional that prides herself on supporting children, adolescents, women, adults and families in a confidential environment. She seeks to adopt a ‘strengths’ based approach using evidence based therapies that is uniquely tailored to each client to support them to make change and ‘flourish’. When not working, Alena enjoys spending time with family, travel, reading and interacting with nature. 

Registered Psychologist and Clinical Supervisor.

Nicole holds a Bachelor of Education / Bachelor of Psychology and is is a Registered Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Nicole is an AHPRA Board Approved Supervisor.

Nicole’s background in psychology includes working with children, adolescents and families; working across the lifespan.  She brings a wealth of experience to her practice having worked with children, adolescents and families in various settings including schools, private practice including providing service to rural and remote communities via tele-psychology. Issues treated (but not limited to) include; anxiety, stress, depression, trauma, suicidal thinking, self-harm, grief and loss, sleep related issues, work related issues, relationship matters, family mediation and the teaching of parenting skills. Key evidence based therapies used and tailored to your therapeutic needs are: Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Psychoeducation, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Sandplay Therapy.

Nicole and her family have lived and worked in the Mid North Coast for 20 years.  She enjoys travel and anything (and everything) to do with nature and the ocean.

Registered Psychologist

Nicole Chilcott

Mental Health Social Worker

Jayne Miller

 Mental Health Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor.

Jayne has completed a Masters of Community Development (Emergency Management), Bachelor of Social Work Degree (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution. She is a registered as an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

Jayne’s background in mental health social work, includes working with clients across the lifespan i.e. works with children, adolescents, parents, adults and couples. Issues treated include anxiety, depression, anger management, relationship and other family conflict, single parenting, adjustment issues, workplace stress, ADHD, OCD, behavioural management, pre-and post-court counselling, and relapse prevention. 

Jayne’s passion to ‘walk alongside’ others has found her working in a number of government and non-government settings, such as community development, addiction, justice, child adolescent mental health, headspace, Aboriginal health, child protection, youth mentoring, family support programs and community volunteering. 

Jayne draws on a range of evidenced based therapies and interventions to develop an emotional management ‘toolbox’ which includes; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapies, Neuroscience/cognitive restructuring strategies, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Grief & Loss and therapy in relation to Adjustment/Stages of Change. 

Jayne is a down to earth, client-centred practitioner, who works holistically to support clients to achieve their goals and build emotional and psychological immunity. 

Mental Health Social Worker

Joanne is a graduate of the University of Newcastle Social Work Program and is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, currently registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers. She has over 14 years of counselling experience working with clients of all ages, including children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. Joanne has a breadth of experience and enjoys working with individuals, couples and families.

Joanne has worked in a range of practice areas, including Community Health, Sexual Assault, Palliative Care, Young Parents, Family Work, Community Mental Health and Disability, Hospital, Adoptions, Peri-Natal Infant Mental Health, Victims of Crime and has also worked in Private Practice in Newcastle and Taree for the past 9 years. 

Joanne works with a variety of presentations including anxiety, depression, perinatal mental health, PTSD, domestic violence, sexual assault, trauma, substance abuse, stress, parenting issues, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, bereavement, grief and loss, terminal illness, chronic diseases, BPD and other mental health diagnosis. Her work includes a collaborative approach with clients and families and is informed by therapeutic frameworks with a solid evidence base, including, a strengths based approach. 

Joanne has undergone extensive training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Mindfulness), Narrative Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Grief, Loss and Bereavement Counselling, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Peri-Natal Infant Mental Health and EFT (Tapping).

Joanne is passionate about supporting children and families to flourish, in particular during the peri-natal period. She is also an advocate for pets-as-therapy, having 6 pets of her own at home.

Mental Health Social Worker

Joanne Soper

Registered Nurse & Neurofeedback Practitioner

Sarah Wilkinson

Registered Nurse & Neurofeedback Practitioner

Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing). Working towards Biofeedback Certification during 2024.

25+ years experience as a Registered Nurse in Rehabilitation, Emergency Medicine, Pre/Post Operative Theatre nursing, Community Wound, Community Palliative and Hospital Managerial roles. As a Neurofeedback Practitioner, she has been completing supervised practice (approx. 200hrs) since late 2022 and is working towards full certification by 2025.

Sarah has an innate desire to problem solve and from a very young age was observed to be a keen listener. Over her lifetime, she has built the knowledge and had life experiences that have helped her to understand what others are experiencing which enables her to be a genuine support to them. Some of Sarah’s areas of interest are:

1) Gut-brain connection – specifically the nutrients required for brain health and the guts role in this

2) Functions of the parts of the brain and neuroplasticity

3) Supporting people towards being the best they can be 

In her spare time, she loves to look after her dogs and goats, garden and spend time with loved ones.